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Parents satisfied with Broomes

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Parents satisfied with Broomes

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Parents of students at the Alexandra School are satisfied with the job principal Jeff Broomes was able to do earlier this year when teachers were on industrial action.
Word of this came today from president of the school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Carl Benskin.
The PTA chief, a former policeman, made the revelation on the first day of the second week of the Commission of Inquiry into the school, being held at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.
“Majority of the parents appreciate how Mr Broomes handled the school. They feel he was able to manage things well during the crisis,” Benskin testified while being questioned by attorney-at-law Vernon Smith, one of Broomes’ lawyers for the Inquiry.
According to Benskin, Alexandra parents, and not just the parent teacher association, communicate regularly with the principal. “His relationship with parents at the school is very, very cordial,” Benskin noted.
He said most parents believe Broomes is an extremely helpful principal.
Benskin admitted that when he joined the school’s board as PTA president last year there was much conflict between the parties, but that in recent times the atmosphere had improved, with the issues Broomes brought to the table being actively considered.
“I can see a change now,” he testified. (BA)
Full story in tomorrow’s DAILY NATION